It is too soon to start looking ahead to the District Three playoffs, insists Lancaster Country Day girls soccer coach Dave German.
There are still five regular season games to play, and while moving up from their current spot in fifth place in the Lancaster-Lebanon League’s Section Four into a spot in the L-L playoffs is a long shot, it is still a possibility.
After the Cougars posted a 3-0 shutout win over Lebanon Wednesday afternoon to extend their winning streak to five in a row, German has to be thinking a little about how his team will fare when it gets into District Three Class A play, where the competition will be other small schools cut from the same cloth as the Cougars (4-4 Section Four, 7-4 overall).
“I’m not looking past tomorrow’s game. We are taking them one game at a time,” German insisted. “We are going to build from that.”
LCD was dominant in Wednesday’s game. The Cougars controlled play throughout and piled up a 14-6 advantage in shots while gaining 13 corners to just one for Lebanon (1-8, 2-11). Two of those corners paid off in goals.
The first came at the 32:06 mark of the first half when Grace Gardner finished off a corner taken by her twin sister, Abby. Grace also notched an assist six minutes later on the Cougars’ second score, sending a cross deep behind the Lebanon defense that Alyssa Korenkiewicz ran down and tapped past Cedars goalie ShanAnn Simmons.
Lancaster Country Day’s final tally came in the second half when Julia Mocny headed the ball home off a pass from Korenkiewicz following a scramble after a corner kick.
Anna Sotirescu made six saves to record her third shutout of the season for the Cougars.
While German did not want to talk about districts just yet, he did admit the shutout, and LCD’s recent win streak, will help his side get ready for what is yet to come this season.
“We played fairly well today. We’re finally figuring out how we are supposed to play,” German said. “Getting a shutout is key. It builds nothing but confidence for our keeper. Every time you win, the confidence keeps building.”
Extending that win streak will not be easy. The Cougars will be at unbeaten Section Four leader Lancaster Catholic this afternoon. Lancaster Catholic shut out LCD 5-0 in early September in the Cougars’ second game of the season.